Tom Chilton will move to BTC Racing for the 2020 BTCC season, strengthening the three-car team’s lineup for the upcoming BTCC campaign.
Chilton made his BTCC debut back in 2002 at aged 17 and was an instant hit as he finished 5th in the independent driver’s standings in his first season. After success in a range of Honda, Vauxhall and Ford machinery, Chilton made the move to the World Touring Car Championship in 2012, where he won the independent’s title and finished third overall in the 2016 season.
Chilton returned to the BTCC in 2017 and has been a regular front runner since, finishing 15th, 3rd and 10th in the standings in the seasons since his return.
BTC Racing finished 4th in the team’s championship and 2nd in the independent team’s championship in 2019, their first year of running the Honda Civic Type R FK8. Chilton’s arrival means the team can draw upon his wealth of experience to challenge at the front of the grid again in the 2020 season.
Chilton, a 14-time BTCC race winner was delighted to have signed for BTC racing.
“I’m incredibly excited about joining BTC Racing;” said Chilton. “The team did a sterling job last year. To have ended the season 4th overall and as Independent runners-up in their first season running the FK8 chassis was an outstanding achievement.
I can’t wait to get testing underway. I have a great history with Honda, and I’m really looking forward to getting back into one again, and behind the wheel of the FK8.”
Chilton also expressed his excitement at teaming up with last year’s independent runner-up Josh Cook.
“Josh [Cook] is a great driver, and I like having good team-mates to push me. I’d like to think that with my years of experience I can bring something new to the team and help to push them on at the sharp end of the grid.
BTC Racing is a relatively young team, but their attitude and performance caught my eye last year. I like their approach and professionalism. I’m optimistic about the future that we can build together, not just for this season, but hopefully for many years moving forward.”
BTC Racing joint Team Principal Bert Taylor was also similarly pleased to have signed the multiple BTCC race winner. He commented,
“Personally I couldn’t be happier to have captured Tom. You only have to look back over his racing career to see what a true talent he is.
Tom’s signing is another part of our plan to push forward and challenge for the BTCC title in 2020. He brings a wealth of experience and talent to the team, and I have no doubt that his knowledge will help to develop the Civic further this season.”
Taylor was also delighted to be fielding what will be one of the strongest lineups on the BTCC grid in 2020.
“We have two great drivers confirmed in Tom and Josh [Cook] with a 3rd to be announced soon.” Taylor continued “We have come a very long way in a short time. I feel that we have one of the strongest line-ups on the grid this year for what will be only our 4th season in the BTCC.”
Tom Chilton will make his BTC Racing debut on March 28th/29th at Donington Park for the first round of the 2020 BTCC season.